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Flexible working can help retain skilled workers

The Flexible Working Commission Report published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation is hot off the press and offers some fascinating insights. It also goes some way to explaining why unemployment has been significantly lower than levels experienced in previous downturns.  David Frost CBE who was Chair of this Commission explained  “Business has adapted a range of flexible working practices that have enabled them not only to sustain their companies, but also and importantly to hold on to their employees.”
There is no doubt that employers are behaving differently, using different models of working to meet the needs of their business and a shrinking pool of skilled individuals who demand more flexibility outside the confines of a traditional 9-5 job.
Flexible work in all its forms is growing in the UK.  Part time and temporary/contract work is on the rise, in fact 96% of employers now offer some form of flexible working.  In summing up, the report identified that employment rigidity is a significant barrier to business survival.  Those companies that have weathered the downturn and are returning to growth more swiftly, are the ones where management  have devised new ways of operating , securing the future of the business and preserving jobs in the process.  Well managed flexibility not only increases profitability and business agility, but enables organisations to better compete and retain the best workers with the most in demand skills.  For free advice on job design or finding good candidates contact louise@hewett-recruitment.co.uk .  To view the full REC Flexible Work Commission Report (pdf) visit: http://bit.ly/UPjEPA

Louise Hewett


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